Encyclopedia about the Arctic region, explaining polar phenomena and scientific terminologyLearn More
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Introductory webinars, lessons' recordings, promo materials
Virtual classes from Arctic research stations by scientists
This is the main component of the EDU-ARCTIC program. Transmissions from polar stations, will be provided for schools. Additionally, to raise the attractiveness and diversity of scientific subjects, some special transmissions with selected experts in polar research and Earth sciences will be provided by other institutions: special transmissions from UVSQ’s climatology and environmental science research laboratories in France and IGF PAS in Poland.
Online lessons will be dealing with the following disciplines and research topics: environmental sciences, geophysics (seismology, Earth magnetism), geology, geomorphology, climatology, climate change, atmospheric chemistry and physics, hydrology, ecology, soil science, oceanography, microbiology, marine, biology, biodiversity, paleoecology, limnology and additionally anthropology, the sociology of Arctic regions, human biology and medicine, genetics, zoology, biology and to some extent socio-humanities.
Exemplary groups of topics that will be presented include:
Transmissions will be interactive. Scientists will involve pupils actively by encouraging them to ask questions and to perform given assignments. It is crucial that pupils become active players in the process of learning. Pupils and teachers will have the possibility to take part virtually in experiments and measurements conducted at stations. They will be asked to put forth a hypothesis concerning the experiment or phenomena discussed with a scientist. It will help them to develop skills of analytical and logical thinking and the use of research methods to solve problems.
They will also perform their own experiments on the basis of suggestions from scientists. This will increase the attractiveness of such lessons. Hands-on activities are considered one of the most effective and powerful ways of learning. During online lessons they could also ask about different phenomena which occur in the Arctic. They will become familiar with scientific career opportunities, as well as everyday activities of researchers and their curriculum. It will be a new experience for them and an opportunity to detach themselves regularly from school routine. They will also gain access to the newest scientific discoveries and reports. Transmission will help them to better understand scientific messages, a useful skill in everyday life. But they will also familiarize themselves with scientific language used in research publications, a crucial skill for their prospective career in science.
We hope we encourage you to participate.
What to do next?
How can you access an online lesson you have enrolled?
Once you have enrolled for any one online lesson you should see a message posted to you below containing confirmation info including a link ready to be used. Once you follow that link, you will be redirected to the virtual classroom just before the lesson. Please check that prior to the time given in Online lesson details. You may have to perform some very easy technical settings in order to fully participate. Do not worry. The message will guide you through all the stages.
See you on an online lesson!
Parallelly to regular online lessons, we propose new type of webinars - THEMATIC COURSES. Each course offers a comprehensive series of complementary topics.Each course: ("Engineering ad technology", "The Arctic, people's land", "Secrets of glacieres", "Citizen science") has a fixed day of week and hour, in order to facilitate including our lessons into school practice, also within curriculum. For each course, lessons are conducted once a month. They last full semester/school year, depending on course. Check each thematic course for full programme with dates and topics. If you participate in at least 50% of webinars proposed within a course, you'll receive a special certificate!
Are you an early bird or an owl? When do you learn best? Do you sleep better in winter or in summer? All organisms have biological clocks to deal with the demands of the rhythmic change of day and night, light and darkness. But what if there is no light? What if there is no darkness? Welcome to the Arctic! Find out how nature copes with month after month of day – or night.
Why do seals living in the far South are more relaxed that ones in the North? What are "Arctic penguins", and what are the similarities between them and their Antarctic cousins? Why leopard seal is a "bad kid" in the Phocidae family?
"Skeptics", "non-believers". How to respond to people who doubt the human impact on the climate? With facts and scientific background. Climate change is now, more than ever, a "hot topic". Let's leave emotions behind and debunk some myths. Let's get immune to fake "news"!
When we are thinking of the northernmost region of Earth - the Arctic - what comes to our mind first? Of course, polar bears! Those animals have high adaptive capacity to the unfriendly, Arctic climate, and every meeting with them is an unforgettable experience.
Oceans are not a monotonous soup: they're in constant motion, influencing our everyday lives more than we're aware of. They are very important in determining the climates of the continents, especially those regions bordering on the ocean. They are essential for life in the sea . Learn all about the mechanisms and consequences of this fascinating motion.
Today, the Arctic is home to 150.000 Inuit who live for most of them in Alaska, Canada and Greenland. I will present these three different groups and their present living conditions. We will answer the equally exciting question: How do the Inuit adapt to the new challenges of our time such as climate change, pollution, social and culture change, desire for independence in a globalized world?
They're everywhere. You may not even notice them. They seem so innocent. But in fact they're very dangerous. Step by step, they change the world around them. Tough, resistant, flexible. What brought them here? What do they want? Meet secret, silent invaders - INVASIVE SPECIES.
Arctic Ocean is cold, inaccessible, plunged into total darkness during the winter and often covered with ice, yet there's an abundance of diverse life. It's a rich and vulnerable ecosystem, where basically all depends on tiniest creatures: plankton.
Encyclopedia about the Arctic region, explaining polar phenomena and scientific terminology
Citizen environmental monitoring carried out at participating schools
A chance for students and their teachers to win a trip to an Arctic station
EDU-ARCTIC invites pupils from schools across Europe and outside to join the Arctic Competition with their teachers and develop a science project or an innovation project designed for an arctic environment. Young students and their teachers who are fascinated by disciplines such as science, technology, engineering and mathematics, though not yet scientists, will have the opportunity to take part in a scientific expedition in the Arctic. The Arctic Competition is for teams of one or two students, aged 13 to 20, and one teacher as a mentor. Participating teams can come from schools across Europe and outside. The participation in the Arctic competition is voluntary. You can ask questions about the competition before deciding whether or not to participate. Even if you do agree to participate, you may withdraw yourself from the project at any time, without giving a reason and without penalty.
The EDU-ARCTIC Fora were held in 3 European countries
The French Educators’ Forum was held at the University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines in Guyancourt, (Earth Sciences and Climatology Campus OVSQ) from 21 to 22 September 2017. 16 teachers from 8 countries (Greece, Italy, Albania, Romania, Cyprus, Serbia, Portugal and Macedonia) participated.
Educators’ Forum in Poland was held in Warsaw, from 23 to 24 September 2017. The hosting institution was Institute of Geophysics, Polish Academy of Sciences. 38 teachers from 15 countries (Albania, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Hungary, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, FYR Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia) participated.
The Educators’ Forum in Norway took place near Oslo, 18 October 2017. The hosting institution was the Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research (NIBIO), one of the consortium members of EDU-ARCTIC. 16 participants from 12 countries (Greece, Faroe Islands, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Poland, Switzerland, Denmark, Italy, Albania, Macedonia and Romania) were present.